Greek islanders to be nominated for Nobel peace prize
Most of the 900 000 refugees that entered Europe last year arrived first scared and soaked, survivors of dangerous sea travels, on the coasts of the Greek islands in the Aegan Sea.
There, they were received by the islanders, who often gave up their work to rescue people from the sea and to provide them with first aid and home: acts of solidarity, compassion and openness full of empathy and self-sacrifice. All the more as the country experiences a difficult economic crisis.
Consequently, eminent academics from universities all over the world drafted a submission in favour of awarding the prize to the people of Lesbos, Kos, Chios, Rhodes and Leros. A petition has also amassed 280 000 signatures to honour the islanders (teachers, fishermen, grandmothers, students…).
However, only individuals or organisations are eligible to win the prize so it is likely that the “solidarity networks” on the islands – groups of volunteers who organised to help the refugees – or individuals within groups will be the official nominees.
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